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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

Home Back to Media Releases AFFA02/169M 26 August 2002


Minister challenges young rural leaders

Federal Forestry and Conservation Minister Senator Ian Macdonald has challenged participants at a national young leaders course not to rest on their laurels.

Speaking at the Young Rural Leaders Course in Canberra, Senator Macdonald told the participants that they all showed potential as Australia’s leaders of tomorrow.

“What will determine if they realise that potential will be their ongoing commitment to personal development, community involvement and the discipline to overcome unfavourable circumstances,” Senator Macdonald said.

“These young rural leaders all have very impressive resumes and have already demonstrated leadership abilities to be selected for the course but they have to ensure that their talents are not let go to waste.

“I have emphasised to young people that my own experience shows that you can rise to leadership positions while living and working in country Australia. It’s a bit harder, but the drive of country people means it can be done.”

The week-long leadership course for young people from rural and regional areas is organised by the department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Australia.

The courses are one element of the Federal Government's Young People in Rural Industries Program, through which more than 100 men and women aged 18-35 have learned new skills, increased their knowledge and gained valuable networks.

Senator Macdonald said the Federal Government recognised the importance of developing future leaders in rural and regional Australia.

“Regional Australia contributes a great deal to the prosperity of the nation, and just as it is vital that government ensures the necessary infrastructure is in place, we also develop the human asset,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Continuing work to nurture young people from regional Australia who want to make a leadership contribution into the

future should help alleviate some of the emerging issues with attracting some professional services, such as doctors, to rural areas.”

Along with the Young Rural Leaders Course, the Young People in Rural Industries Program offers opportunities for young people to develop their skills, networks and knowledge through Study Awards, Corporate Governance Courses, Young People’s Rural Network grants and a Mentoring Program.

Further information can be obtained from the web site

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: Zac Donovan (02) 6277 7270 or 0438 611 296


  Last updated 26 August 2002

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